Regardless of what “causes” Christians to do things like try to legislate their religion, it’s a real threat. On this “Good Friday,” I think it’s very important for us to remember just how important it is for us to offer a unified political front against people who would literally force us into Christianity.
I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view. — Mike Huckabee
People like Huckabee have already had success in other parts of the country.
No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this state, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court.
That’s the 19th amendment to the Arkansas state constitution. Here’s article 37 in Maryland’s declaration of rights:
“That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God;”
It’s relatively well known that these discriminatory pieces of legislation exist. And most people are quick to point out that the U.S. Constitution also guarantees that when a state constitution disagrees with the U.S. constitution, the U.S. wins. So nothing to worry about, right?
Well, yes. Unless the U.S. constitution changes. Don’t think that’s likely? Don’t you remember that there was serious talk on the mainstream media about adding a constitutional amendment to discriminate against gays? In 2004, the President of the United States expressed support for the amendment. In 2005, it came to light that the Bush administration had paid journalists to promote and advocate the amendment.
This particular amendment may or may not pass in future administrations, but please, don’t think that the Constitution is holy to Christians, or that they will uphold it if they have the power to change it. Don’t think that they aren’t actively working towards gaining enough of a majority to change things:
If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you’re not electing Christians then in essence you are going to legislate sin.
The Bible says we are to be salt and light. And salt and light means not just in the church, [but] in government and we have to [have] the faithful in government and over time, that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers….we need the faithful and we need to take back this country. It’s time that the churches get involved. –Kathleen Harris, US Representative (R-FL)
Our freedoms are precious, and they need to be maintained. As our Christian neighbors celebrate the rising of their petulant, angry, misogynistic, brutal lord and savior this Sunday, please take a few minutes to remind your non-believing friends and family how important it is for us to be involved in our own political future. There are lots of things that can happen, and trust me — becoming a Christian nation in reality? Not the best option.